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Former opener Aakash Chopra says goodbye to cricket

New Delhi: Former India opener Aakash Chopra on Friday formally announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket after a career spanning over 15 years in which he also played 10 Test matches for the country during the 2003-04 season.
In his 10-Test career, Chopra scored 437 runs at a mediocre average of 23 with both his half-centuries coming against New Zealand at Mohali.
However, it was the subsequent Test series Down Under against Australia, which brought him into prominence despite failing to score a single half-century.
But his scores of 36, 27, 48 and 45 meant that he blunted the new ball attack comprising of Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Brad Williams, Nathan Bracken and Andy Bichel.
His dogged defending gave Virender Sehwag a chance to play his natural game. A poor series in Pakistan followed by another dismal show against Australia at home ended Chopra’s international career. (PTI)

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